James 2:17 reminds us that “faith without works is dead.” We challenge every person to make 3 “Daring Faith” commitments to God and our church family. Our first commitment focuses on generosity: make a “faith pledge” to give what God wants us to give this year.  A faith pledge isn’t based on what we think we should give, or what we think we can afford – but on what God wants us to give. A faith pledge involves taking time to pray and hear God’s voice in this important matter. We know from experience that what God tells us to give often requires us to take a “leap of faith” because God is radically generous and wants us to be like Him!

The second commitment focuses on our legacy: add our church as a beneficiary to our will. With our eyes on future generations, how can we bless them and help equip them to carry on the mission of Jesus Christ? We can do that by adding our church to the list of beneficiaries in our wills. Often people wish to give a substantial gift to their church but while raising kids, paying for college, mortgage payments, car payments, bills and planning for retirement – it’s difficult. But a generous gift is possible at the end of our lives. Our legacy gifts are both an expression and example of our faith to our surviving loved ones. Naming our church as a beneficiary in our will is a way of leaving a legacy of our devotion to Christ and His church and plants a seed into future generations who will carry on the cause and mission of Christ long after we’re gone

To add our church to your will, you will need the following information:

Legal Name: Hereford United Methodist Church

Federal Tax ID:  52-1867815.

Official Address: P.O. Box 400, Monkton MD 21111

Location: 16931 York Road, Monkton MD 21111

The third commitment focuses on impact: we impact the Kingdom of God and influence others through serving and ministry. This is the costliest commitment of all. It calls for a deep trust in God as we pledge our “time” to serving Him by serving others.  We commit to invest our time and energy in using our God-given *S.H.A.P.E. to serve others through the various ministries and outreaches of our church. Joined with others in service, we can fulfill our mission to be the hands and feet of Christ in our communities and world. Printed on the back of every bulletin we declare that we don’t have just one minister – but “every member is a minister.” Let’s step up to that and make it happen.

These three “daring faith” commitments will radically impact our church both now and in the future. They will also impact your life as a disciple! It’s time for us to awaken and truly be the Body of Christ in the world. It’s time to move forward with the Good News of Jesus and minister to our needy and broken world around us. It’s time to realize our true callings as a congregation: to be a radical expression of Jesus Christ in the Zone and beyond and make a real difference in our communities by loving and serving people, encouraging and empowering them to experience faith and life in Jesus Christ!

Your “Daring Faith” commitments are between you and God. Sign each commitment and keep it in a prominent place where you will see it often to remind you of the commitments you’ve made. We’re looking forward to what God is going to do in us and through us as we move into our future with “daring faith!”

*God has designed each one of us uniquely to serve Him by serving others. He has given each of us a unique S.H.A.P.E.: Spiritual gifts – Heart – Abilities – Personality – Experience